Tag Archives: Confession

You may have been going to confessions wrong. Here’s why

Many of us Catholics are tired of hearing our separated brethren insinuate or even directly accuse us of deceiving ourselves with a promise of forgiveness every time we sin. To them, we make sin easy: sin, confess, do penance and voila: you’re free. This oversimplified notion is wrong but not dangerous to the Church until

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What can priests practically do to combat the porn epidemic?

Online pornography is one of the fastest growing addictions in the United States, on par with cocaine and gambling. Once confined to the pages of a smuggled Playboy magazine, pornography can now be in the hands of anyone with a smartphone, and is more prolific and anonymous than ever. PornHub, one of the world’s largest

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Pope Francis goes to confession

At the end of his annual Lenten penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis was the first to go to the sacrament of confession, afterward hearing the confessions of seven laypeople, three men and four women, in attendance. Instead of giving a homily during the service, which he has done in years past, Pope Francis led

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Pope Francis gives priests a new priority

Pope Francis told priests Friday to make confession a priority in their parishes, and, if they want to be good confessors, to have a strong prayer life focused on growing in humility and closeness to the Holy Spirit in order to evangelize. The confessor, in face, is called daily to go to the peripheries of

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What to do if you’re too ashamed to go to Confession

While reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s sins is so great that it keeps people away from the sacrament? The famous Spanish theologian Father JosĂ© Antonio Fortea discussed this phenomenon and practical solutions to it in a blog post. Normally, a sense

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Never let shame keep you from confession

While Reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s sins is so great that it keeps people away from the sacrament? The famous Spanish theologian Father José Antonio Fortea discussed this phenomenon and practical solutions to it in a recent blog post. Normally, a

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Facts You Need To Know About the Sacrament of Reconcilliation

sacrament of confession Penance is the sacrament instituted by Christ in which forgiveness of sins committed after baptism is obtained through the priest’s absolution to those who with true sorrow confesses their sins and promise to satisfy for them and never to go back to that. This is called a sacrament not simply only a

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Confessors must not put obstacles in the paths of people who want to be reconciled to God – Pope Francis

During the Jubilee Audience in St. Peter’s Square, on Saturday 30th April, Pope Francis addressed the huge audience and made it clear that ‘Confession’ “is not a torture chamber or an interrogation”. The Holy Father encouraged people to always feel free to reconcile their ways with God, he also asked confessors to be careful as not to

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